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Apartment Building Will Appear Behind Historic Ridge Avenue Building

In a major win for historic preservation in Philadelphia, the Historical Commission established the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District in 2018. The nomination, which was written by commission staff, reads like a history book and traces the history of Roxborough back to the days when Ridge Avenue was a Native American trail called Perkiomen Path, and provides countless fascinating nuggets about one of our favorite streets in Philadelphia. In all, this historic district includes 188 [...]
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After Numerous Redesigns, Construction Finally Moving Forward at 4300 Ridge Ave.

Ridge Avenue is one of our favorite roads in Philadelphia. It appears, randomly and seemingly out of nowhere, on the 900 block of Wood Street in Callowhill. Fun fact, once upon a time it started at 8th & Race, but the creation of I-676 wiped out its first couple blocks in the 1980s. From its starting point in downtown Philadelphia, it winds its way through a bunch of neighborhoods, ignoring the grid and alternating between [...]
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Renderings For a Pair of Seven Story Buildings Coming to Chestnut Street

Over the summer, we covered a number of new and sizable projects in store for a stretch of Chestnut Street just west of the University of Pennsylvania. We found out about these projects from zoning meeting emails and zoning permits, so we knew how many units to expect but didn't know how the buildings would look or lay out. But we suspected that we'd have better information eventually, since these projects were sizable enough that [...]
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Triangular Building Under Construction at Ridge & Diamond

We were heading to Roxborough the other day and there was traffic on 76, so we opted to take Ridge Avenue all the way. When you take Ridge from downtown to Roxborough, first you pass through Francisville, then Sharswood, then Strawberry Mansion. Historically, we haven't spilled much virtual ink on Strawberry Mansion, mostly because there hasn't been much to write about in that neck of the woods. But with Brewerytown booming and projects proliferating on the [...]
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11th & Walnut Tower Will Expand to the West and Make More Sense

1101 Walnut St. had been home to a Wendy's restaurant since 1980, with Wendy's taking over a one-story building that was constructed for a bank back in 1967. Check out some more detailed history of the property here. Perhaps a one-story building made sense here in the year that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, but we would even question that assertion, given the sterling downtown location. At the very least, this building has qualified as an [...]
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Four Homes For the Top of the Market on E. Oxford Street

It's amazing now that we think about it, but our last visit to the 1200 block of E. Oxford St. occurred almost a decade ago. Back then, we told you about some new homes under construction at 1232 and 1234 E. Oxford St., which were rising on previously vacant lots. When they were finished in 2013, one of those homes sold for $400K and the other traded at $420K. 1234 sold in 2016 for $500K and [...]
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Renderings for Huge Upcoming Project at 46th & Chestnut

Last month, we shared the news that Chestnut Street near Penn would be picking up a huge new project, and further west than we might have expected. To refresh your memory, 4519-45 Chestnut St., is owned by the Archdiocese and West Catholic Preparatory High School uses it as a huge parking lot. The property is massive, covering almost an acre and a half, and also includes a couple of small buildings that are used by the school. View [...]
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Units Count Will Nearly Double at Artist Village at 17th & Fitzwater

Here's a fun history lesson for you - did you know that CHOP wasn't always located in West Philly? The hospital was founded in 1855 and for a few years it operated out of a small building near Broad & Pine. From 1866-1916, the hospital expanded to a new location on the east side of 22nd Street, just north of Locust. Then, starting in 1916, the hospital operated out of a much larger facility at [...]
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Paradise Peak Will Add a Couple Dozen Units Near the Top of Paradise Hills

And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife C'mon! Hold on tight! C'mon! Hold on tight! Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise [peak] by the dashboard light Meatloaf notwithstanding, let's take a look at another project that's currently getting rolling in the Paradise Hills/RAH/Allegheny West neighborhood. A few months back, we told you [...]
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Church Demoed at 52nd & Chester, Apartment Building Will Soon Rise

The Word Tabernacle Baptist Church worshipped in a beautiful building at 5200 Chester Ave. for many years. This building was constructed in 1910 for First United Presbyterian, and was designed by Joseph Huston. The church resembled countless other religious structures built at the beginning of the 20th century, which is to say it was clad in stone and included numerous architectural details across its facades. Also like so many other churches of the era, the building was in poor [...]
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